"Rolling In The Deep" - Aretha Franklin (Adele Cover) [YouTube Official Audio Stream]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published September 29, 2014

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is putting out a new album called Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, due out on October 21st. Today, she's released the first taste of the album with her version of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep." Listen above, via YouTube.

The version is pretty true to Adele's version, with a few notable exceptions. Aretha's voice is certainly much different than Adele's, and her timing has a lot more swing than Adele's fairly straight-forward original version. Franklin digs into a few notes here, pushing her voice into a low, gravely tone that makes the song very much her own. The other obvious difference is the end of the song, which goes into the chorus from "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" -- originally made famous by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967. There are also a bunch of subtle differences in the production, which has some backwards instrumental parts in the first chorus and other quirky stuff like wind chimes, hand claps, and more modern R&B elements.

Order Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics on Amazon and iTunes.

For Aretha Franklin's latest music, news, and tour dates, check out her Zumic artist page.


Source: Aretha Franklin VEVO YouTube

Adele Aretha Franklin
Covers Gospel Pop R&B-Soul
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